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Twin Sisters Give Birth Same Day at Same Hospital

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 12:16 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Twin sisters Erica and Tashina Ackley, having learned on the same day last year that they were pregnant, have now given birth at the same hospital on the same day during the same week in which they celebrate their 22nd birthdays.

The twin sisters delivered just hours apart with Tashina giving birth to a 6 pound, 11 ounce girl named Ivory Mae Cushing, and Erica giving birth to a 6 pound boy named Keiran Leighton Carter at Down East Community Hospital in Machias, Maine, the Daily Mail reported.

"We thought it would be cool if we had our babies on the same day, but we didn’t expect that it would happen," Tashina told the Bangor Daily News. "We took pregnancy tests together and found out we were pregnant on the same day," Erica added, "and we did every [prenatal] appointment together."

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Additionally, the pair of twins also broke the news on the same day to their mother, Mary Ackley, who has four other daughters.

"I had told some other people I was pregnant, so I figured it would be best if my mother heard the news from me, not somebody else," Erica told the Bangor Daily News.

"I waited a few hours," Tashina added, "then I asked my mother if she would like to have a baby in each arm again, like she did with us. She had no idea what I meant until I told her I was pregnant, too."

Erica and Tashina took their newborns home on Sunday.

"They’re beautiful," Tashina quipped.

Erica chimed in, "And we’re already pretty attached. They’ll be fun."

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This isn’t the first time twin sisters have given birth on the same day in recent years.

In July 2012, 20-year-old twin sisters Zaakira Mitchell and Shaakira White, of Columbia, S.C., gave birth to a boy and another pair of twins respectively.

Related stories:

Twins Born 87 Days Apart in Ireland Set Guinness Record

School's 23 Sets of Twins in One Grade Could Break Guinness World Record

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